Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available

Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available
Windows 8 has finally come. Well, almost - the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is up for grabs over at Microsoft and you can install it and immerse yourselves in the Metro UI-dominated, gesturized new interface.

The preview version is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, and you can download it as an ISO to later burn to your flash drive or disc, or as a setup file that you can run in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Currently, you can only test the consumer preview on your laptops or desktop PCs, but in the future, most of the concepts will be implemented in what you see on tablets. There will be added gestures to speed up your work significantly on tablets. Here's what we know about the tablet aspect of Windows 8 so far:



24. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

can you download it to a Mac?


Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012


21. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

@Victor or anyone else who has this, is there any differences from this one to the developer one? I already got the developer version and don't want to go through the process for no real reason (Build 8102.winmain_win8m3.110912-1733b32615d501a711d0)

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

oh and yeah, what about VOICE CONTROL, microsoft? It's a feature smarphones use for years now, but your PC's can't? Talking about being behind. I can't wait for Google's next desktop grade OS release, and even Apple's.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

actually Voice control capabilities have been available since Windows 98. Maybe not built into the OS perhaps but there have been options for this.

19. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

No idea what kind of voice control support Windows 8 will have. I'd assume that they would start to integrate their TellMe voice control with it, but don't know for sure. They are, however, working on integrating the Kinect with the operating system's functions. Behind? Let's wait and see what they come out with this year. I think they're going to hit people with so many things all at once that denial will be simply impossible.

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

METRO UI IS UGLY. Am i wrong or this IU don't support things live wallpaper background(or a wallpaper at all!), simple icons or widgets, besides live tiles?!? Please someone clarify that.

18. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The traditional Windows desktop is still available within Windows 8. Feel free to customize. Also it was stated in another video that the background can be customized in the Metro view. You get both worlds, so can't really complain there.

22. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, It's not ugly, I just hate that it's completely covering up my wallpaper and stuff...But unlike Apple, at least they left the Windows Desktop there...

12. kayeeman

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

downloading it ! 26 hours ! wtf

7. Caunsidh

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

This OS will be great for tablets, but not for desktop computers.

8. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I too agree. I'm sure it will be great on both tablets and phones.

10. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I too thought that at first. I later realized that they are integrating kinect into desktops and soon, I had a change of heart. Can you imagine how cool it would be to control Metro UI with kinect? If they do that is...

6. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I think I'll stick with Windows 7 for now until the official release of Windows 8. When they've fixed all the bugs and sluggishness of the OS, then I may decide to get it. When they pushed this Windows 8 UI onto xbox 360 made it very laggy and sluggish. I wish MS hadn't done that because I would be one of the first one's in line for Windows 8, but working with xbox 360 these past several months has made me very frustrated with MS.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

To be fair, you're talking about a UI update, not a desktop operating system. Maybe there's something on your xbox making it slower, like the hard drive being too full, or a RAM module being burnt out. A modern desktop OS wouldn't run on an xbox

16. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Do you have an Xbox 360? Mine is brand new. 250GB Slim. There's plenty of memory left. As far as RAM module, my last 2 xbox's did the same thing. The new UI dashboard is just slow and sluggish, has nothing to do with the console.

20. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Shoulda got a PS3... No lag whatsoever there, and I've had it since it released :P

4. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Looks nice. Go ahead & kill Android & IOS

5. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Don't go collecting dislikes now :)

11. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Be nice!

3. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

My PC will stay on Windows 7 but I'm deffo getting a Windows 8 tablet! Wish they'd hurry up tho, I wanna buy a tablet soon!!


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

windows starting their process of being a unified os. my question is that, what will happen if im using an android and a windows 8 pc? hmm interesting hoefully compatibility isn't that a problem :)

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Windows on a tablet would be so sweeeeeeeeet :)

9. Reality

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

This is quality software, not like others which are just designed to meet deadlines.

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